Police are appealing for witnesses to Saturday’s attempted robbery in which the would-be thieves used a stolen JCB to ram a supermarket cash machine.
The dramatic incident happened at Sainsbury’s in Station Road, Kinross, at about 3.30am, but the raiders left empty-handed.
The vehicle was left embedded in the wall of the store, which was cordoned off and closed to the public for the rest of the day.
Police Scotland’s Community Co-ordinator for Perth and Kinross said: “The perpetrators shortly before stole a JCB from a nearby building site at Junction Road in Kinross and using its telescopic arm damaged the wall surrounding the machine.
“A second vehicle, described as being similar to a black pick-up truck, was also seen with the JCB and may have been used for the perpetrators to escape in leaving behind the JCB at the scene of the crime. “Fortunately, the culprits were not successful in their attempt to steal anything on this occasion and Police Scotland are now appealing for witnesses or information from the local community which could assist with the investigation to detect the offenders.
“If you saw or heard anything or have any information in relation to this incident please get in touch by phoning 101 and quoting crime reference CR/028258/15.”
Saturday’s attempted raid was the latest of a number of similar incidents.
Earlier this year, robbers made off with more than £10,000 in an early morning raid on two ATMs at a Morrison’s supermarket in Banchory, Aberdeenshire, using a Land Rover Defender.